Konkana Sen Sharma wins Best Actress and Best Director award at New York Indian Film Festival

Konkona Sen Sharma has been named the Best Director for her directorial debut “A Death in the Gunj” and the Best Actress for “Lipstick Under My Burkha” at the 2017 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).

 Konkona Sen Sharma

Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, the film festival took place from April 30 to May 7.

The official handle of NYIFF tweeted the entire list of winners. “#NYIFF2017 Awards Winner Best Actress is @konkonas @chhabs @aroonshiv,” read the tweet.

Konkona, 37, won the award for directing the drama thriller which stars Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Jim Sarbh and Tanuja. The film also features one of the last performances by veteran actor Om Puri, who passed away in January this year.

“#NYIFF2017 Awards Winner Best Actress is @konkonas @chhabs @aroonshiv,” the account read.

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She received the top honour for her performance in Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, a film which explores women’s sexuality.

Konkana who played the lead in the film along with Ratna Pathak was congratulated by director Alankrita Shrivastava on her big win. Alankrita tweeted, “Yay! @konkonas wins best actress at @nyindianff for @lipstickmovie#lipstickundermyburkha.”

Konkana too shared the excitement of winning the awards as she bid goodbye to the New York city. Posting a picture of her awards, Konkana wrote, “Goodbye New York! #bestdirector #bestactress.”

Goodbye New York! #bestdirector #bestactress

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K Kaladharan won the best actor for Malayalam film ‘Ottayaal n Paatha'” (‘A Narrow Path’) and Shubhashish Bhutiani’s ‘Mukti Bhawan’ was declared the best film at the 17th annual film extravaganza.

‘An Insignificant Man’ won the best documentary and Malayalam film ‘Kammatipaddam’ was honoured for the screenplay.

Onir’s film ‘Aaba’ was declared the best short film at the festival.

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